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File:Thomas Hardy aged 70, by William Strang.jpg|thumb|230px|Thomas Hardy aged 70, by William Strang '''Thomas Hardy''', Order of Merit|OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Literary realism|Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.Dennis Taylor, "Hardy and Wordsworth". Victorian Poetry, vol.24, no.4, Winter, 1986. Charles Dickens was another important influence.Gillian Beer, ''Darwin's Plots''. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Like Dickens, he was highly critical of much in Victorian era|Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the...
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1840|6|2}}
Birth placeStinsford, Dorset, England
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1928|1|11|1840|6|2}}
Death placeDorchester, Dorset|Dorchester, Dorset, England
Resting place{{unbulleted list| Stinsford parish church (heart) | Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey (ashes) }}
OccupationNovelist, poet, and short story writer
MovementNaturalism (literature)|Naturalism, Victorian literature
Alma materKing's College London
Genre| notableworks = ''Tess of the d'Urbervilles'',
''Far from the Madding Crowd'',
''Collected Poems''
''Jude the Obscure''
InfluencesCharles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Meredith, Thomas Gray, Arthur Schopenhauer
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